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How to Write an Introduction Paragraph

Many students and professionals agree that writing a research paper isn’t something they look forward to at first. While writing a research paper gives you the opportunity to learn about new topics you were not familiar with before, the process of compiling the paper can be daunting. In fact, one of the most difficult aspects of writing research papers is coming up with a way to grasp the reader’s interest with an attention-grabbing introduction paragraph. Even though the introduction paragraph is relatively short, it is one of the most important components because it gives the reader an initial “sample” of the rest of the paper.

There are three major components an author needs to consider in the intro: the first sentence, setting the context, and the thesis statement. Once you have these planned out, putting together the introduction will become much more manageable and successful. Read more

8 Steps to Tackling a Big Research Paper

When your professor assigns you a lengthy research paper, it certainly feels like a daunting task. Everyone knows the feeling of staring at a research assignment and thinking, “where do I even start?” Starting the assignment and picking your direction can be overwhelming—let alone actually completing the lengthy task of writing.

There are 8 simple steps every student can follow to make this task manageable. Not only will your stress subside but you’ll also have a successful and well-researched paper in the end. Read more

The Geometry of Conclusions: Use Triangles to Shape the Best Conclusion

So, you wrote the paper. Great job! You should be proud of yourself. You’ve put a lot of time and effort in to make a great argument, but now, you need to seal the deal with a great conclusion.

Where do you begin? Read more

Questia Research Tutorials to Help You Ace Your Research Paper

Writing a paper can be a daunting topic. That said, you have to pick a spot and get cracking. Luckily, Questia offers research tutorials to help guide you through the steps of writing a research paper.

Each tutorial includes: Read more

How to get started and stay motivated writing a research paper

It has happened to all of us—you have to write a research paper, but the topic, or the class, is something you hate. So how to get started and stay motivated when writing that research paper?

There are some tips and tricks that will help you blast through your dreaded task, hopefully with flying colors. Read more

Tips for writing a research paper on advertising effectiveness

I’m an instructor at the Rutgers Business School and I teach courses on Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, and Viral Video Marketing.

Times Square is a prime target for testing advertising effectiveness. (Credit: Stratabeat)

Times Square is a prime target for testing advertising effectiveness. (Credit: Stratabeat)

Let me share some tips for writing a research paper on advertising effectiveness – just to pick one topic out of more than 40 topics related to advertising that you might tackle. Read more

Gothic literature and vampire movies for your next research paper

On October 10, 2014, the film Dracula Untold opened worldwide. Unlike other vampire movies, this film weaves vampire mythology with historical facts about Prince Vlad, the Impaler. Vampire films and the history on which they are based can combine into a good research paper topic.

You can use "Dracula Untold" in your next literature research paper. (Credit: Live Journal)

You can use “Dracula Untold” in your next literature research paper. (Credit: Live Journal)

If you’re looking for a topic in literature, consider writing a research paper on gothic literature and its part in film and mythology. Here are a few gory details to get you started on your research paper. Read more

Research paper topics: Writing a research paper on emerging technologies

Just when you think you know every tech gadget on the market, something new is bound to appear on store shelves. (Courtesy of Phil Campbell)

Just when you think you know every tech gadget on the market, something new is bound to appear on store shelves. (Courtesy of Phil Campbell)

Are you puzzled about writing a research paper? Do you need to come up with good research paper topics?  Whether it’s education, law, health or business, the future will include emerging technologies that you can write about in your next paper. Even if it isn’t the technology itself, there are wider implications to the uses of technology. Questions of privacy and the control of information are just a couple of examples that show how technology impacts every profession. Read more

Writing a research paper recap: From thesis statements to citations to conclusion

Get the help you need from start to finish. (Courtesy of  Kotecky)

Get the help you need from start to finish. (Courtesy of Kotecky)

As we have seen in our series on writing a research paper, it’s important to allow yourself enough time to complete your assignment. The entire process begins with choosing your topic and includes research, creating thesis statements, writing, inserting citations, revising, formatting and writing your conclusion. Let’s review the highlights of the research paper writing process.

Writing a research paper: Finding research paper topics

In week one of writing your research paper you spent your time finding the right topic. Along the way you probably learned that the best topic is one that is tightly focused. Read more

Writing a research paper part 4: Revising, formatting, fine-tuning citations and writing your conclusion

The final steps in writing a research paper means you're almost to the finish line. (Courtesy of Joshbdork)

The final steps in writing a research paper means you’re almost to the finish line. (Courtesy of Joshbdork)

In week four of writing a research paper you’re near the end of the process. However, you still have plenty to do. You’ll want to get feedback from your professor and make revisions to your paper. Double-check your citations to make sure that you avoid plagiarism. Oh, and don’t forget the formatting. You want the paper to be readable and to conform to guidelines. Now is also the time to write your conclusion where you’ll wrap everything up in a few insightful paragraphs.

Revising your research paper

It’s a good idea to put your paper aside for a few days and work on other assignments. Read more